A 30 minute meal, made in one pan, hearty, satisfying, and healthy dinner - what’s not to love! This Skillet Ground Beef and Sweet Potato recipe takes on Southwest flavors with a veggie and sweet potato base and includes perfectly seasoned lean ground beef.
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Easy and healthy ground beef skillet recipe
Andddddd we’re back with another one pan meal. I don’t have to convince you the glory of such recipes because there’s no doubt, less dishes = better!! And what else is amazing is how delicious this Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet meal really is.
It starts with browning the beef and then in the same pan the veggies get soft and caramelized. A can of tomatoes is added to make things a little saucey and hold everything together. The result is a satiating meal the whole family is going to love.
Plus, there’s so many ways to enjoy it! Have it over a bed of lettuce or rice for a delicious Southwest bowl, wrap it in a burrito or on top of corn tortillas for the most delicious tacos, with chips as nachos, or divide it between containers and enjoy for meal prep all week long!
- Ground Beef - I love using 92% lean ground beef because it still brings the flavor without excess fat.
- Veggies - Sweet Potato is the star and bulks up this skillet, but it also includes white onion, red bell pepper, jalapeño, tomatoes, and green chiles.
- Taco Seasoning - Provides that Southwest flavor in an a convenient package so you don't have to measure anything!
- Lime - Squeezing some on at the end is the perfect citrusy touch to round out the dish.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions and Variations
- Protein: You could use any ground meat in place of the beef, like ground chicken, turkey, or lamb. To make it vegetarian-friendly, swap the ground beef for a plant-based alternative meat or a can of drained and rinsed black beans.
- Dairy: You can make this a dairy-free dish, using plant-based cheese, adding 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavor, or omit completely! It’s plenty flavorful without it.
- Veggies: This skillet has plenty of veggies, but if you’re looking to add more/swap any out try zucchini or yellow squash, red onion, sliced carrots, mushrooms, or some cauliflower rice.
Make your own Taco Seasoning
If you don’t have a taco seasoning packet handy, you can use the following recipe: 2 teaspoons of chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon oregano, and as many red pepper flakes as desired.
Let's Make This Quick Ground Beef Recipe
1. Start by preparing the vegetables: Use a vegetable chopper to dice white onion, red pepper, and jalapeno into small pieces. Peel the sweet potatoes (if desired), then dice into small, even cubes.
2. Heat a large skillet (regular or a cast iron skillet both work) to medium heat and add in ¼ tablespoon of avocado oil. Add in diced white onion and minced garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes.
3. Then add the ground beef and ½ of the taco seasoning packet to the skillet. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until it’s light brown. Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside.
4. With the skillet still on medium heat, add in the remaining avocado oil, diced sweet potatoes, canned tomatoes, red pepper, jalapeños, and canned green chiles.
5. Stir together and then pour in the beef stock and remaining taco seasoning. Ensure everything is coated well. Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 20 minutes so sweet potatoes begin to soften.
6. Then turn the skillet to low heat. Put the meat mixture back into the skillet. Add the juice of one lime, then stir to combine.
7. Sprinkle in the shredded cheese and cilantro. Cover the skillet again for 3-5 additional minutes to let the cheese melt. Top with avocado, salsa, tomato slices, greek yogurt. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce or Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice. Enjoy!
- Taco Tuesday?!? Serve this skillet over a bed of nacho chips, wrap it in a burrito, or in warm corn tortillas. It has all of the elements of a taco/nacho/burrito!
- If you’re using a higher fat percentage beef and there’s excess fat in the pan after cooking the meat, be sure to drain the grease off or soak up with a paper towel before adding in the vegetables.
- A vegetable chopper makes things much easier for this recipe so all of your veggies are an even size.
- If you don't love spice, be sure to de-seed the jalapeño and use only half (or omit completely!). The dish will still have so much flavor.
How do I know when the sweet potatoes are done?
Depending on how the sweet potatoes are cut will factor into their cooking time. I always use a vegetable chopper to make sure that they all will cook evenly. However, depending on the thickness will vary cooking time.
If they are not fork tender after 20 minutes, cover the skillet with a lid and let them continue to cook. You may need to add another tablespoon or two of water to keep the steam in the skillet.
Be sure to let the skillet cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
It’s great for meal prep, so if you’re considering using this meal throughout the week, divide it between 4 separate microwave safe containers for easy grab-and-go. Then all you have to do is heat it up before you’re ready to enjoy!
Thinking of freezing for later? I recommend keeping the cheese off the skillet until before eating. Allow the skillet to cool completely. Then transfer into a freezer-safe, gallon size bag and remove as much air as possible. Store for 2-3 months.
I chose to add avocado, salsa, sliced cherry tomatoes, and a dollop of greek yogurt (or sour cream) on top. Think whatever would be good on a taco. Other ideas: queso or a crema of sorts, Creamy Jalapeño Sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, pico, or a chimichurri sauce.
This sweet potato hash recipe is plenty hearty on it’s own, but pairs great with a variety of sides. Serve it with a side of brown rice or cauliflower rice, a simple greens salad, a roasted veggie like crispy brussels sprouts or roasted green beans. Shake up a pitcher of Spicy Orange Jalapeño Margaritas while you're at it!
I also like serving with tortilla chips you can use to scoop up the mixture, nacho style. Or keep with the southwest theme and throw everything into a large tortilla for a sweet potato ground beef burrito.
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Southwest Skillet Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe
- vegetable chopper optional
- Cutting Board
- Vegetable peeler
- Meat spatula
- Rubber Spatula
- ½ tbsp avocado oil, or olive oil
- 1 lb lean ground beef, 96% lean
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 small white onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 small jalapeño
- 1 packet low sodium taco seasoning, divided
- 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz
- 1 can green chilis, 4oz, optional
- ¼ cup beef stock, sub water if needed
- 1 lime, juiced
- ¾ cup lite shredded Mexican cheese
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, diced
- sliced tomatoes
- greek yogurt
- tortilla chips
- Start by preparing the vegetables: Use a vegetable chopper to dice white onion, red pepper, and jalapeno into small pieces. Peel the sweet potatoes (if desired), then dice into small, even cubes.
- Heat a large skillet (regular or a cast iron skillet both work) to medium heat and add in ¼ tablespoon of avocado oil. Add in diced white onion and minced garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes.
- Then add the ground beef and ½ of the taco seasoning packet to the skillet. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until it’s light brown.
- Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside.
- With the skillet still on medium heat, add in the remaining avocado oil, diced sweet potatoes, canned tomatoes, red pepper, jalapenos, and canned green chiles.
- Stir together and then pour in the beef stock and remaining taco seasoning. Ensure everything is coated well. Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 20 minutes so sweet potatoes begin to soften.
- Then turn the skillet to low heat. Put the meat mixture back into the skillet. Add the juice of one lime, then stir to combine.
- Sprinkle in the shredded cheese and cilantro. Cover the skillet again for 3-5 additional minutes to let the cheese melt.
- Top with avocado, salsa, tomato slices, greek yogurt. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce or Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice. Enjoy!
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